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Why Choose CCRI?

The Community College of Rhode Island is the largest public institution of higher education in the state. Each year, CCRI welcomes more than 15,000 students to our four campuses in Warwick, Lincoln, Providence, and Newport; our two satellite campuses – the Westerly Education Center and the Woonsocket Education Center – and our robust lineup of online classes.

CCRI offers the most affordable tuition in the state and is dedicated to providing an accessible, flexible path to a college degree, no matter where you come from, where you want to go, or how long it's been since you've been in a classroom. CCRI is the right choice for those who want the knowledge, skills, and training necessary to enter high-quality careers or transfer to a four-year institution. 

Simply put, CCRI has an immediate and positive impact on your life, your community, and Rhode Island's economy.

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As part of our mission to provide affordable open access to higher education, CCRI has the lowest college tuition in the Ocean State.* We have incredible programs like JAA and Reverse Transfer and numerous financial aid opportunities to help students who might not otherwise be able to attend college while saving money.



With more than 80,000 alumni, CCRI graduates are at the heart of just about every industry in the state. CCRI graduates more nurses and healthcare professionals than any other college or university in Rhode Island. No matter your passion or program of study, CCRI puts your success at the center of all we do. Staff from our Advising and Counseling, The Tutoring Center, Career Services, Office of Community and Social Resources, Financial Aid, Veteran Services, and the entire Division of Student Services is here every step of the way to help you reach your academic and career goals. We also provide extensive support services for students looking to transfer with our Joint Admissions Agreement with URI and RIC, which offers personalized advising, tuition discounts, and more.

CCRI sets high academic standards necessary for our students to graduate and either transfer to a four-year college or begin successful careers in high-demand fields. Learn about our Success Measures.


Whether you live in Westerly or Woonsocket, you're never far from one of our four main campuses or two satellite campuses. And, with hundreds of classes offered online each semester, earning your degree on your time has never been easier.


CCRI's high-quality education fits your busy schedule. Credit and noncredit courses are offered day or night, on campus or online, meaning students can find and schedule classes that work for them. We also offer a wide variety of academic support services to assist students.

*The Community College of Rhode Island is a state-supported public institution; therefore, tuition and fees are subject to increase.